Welcome to A Date in History– November 30th, A Kindred serial

For my readers whom I appreciate very much, I am adding a serial of daily happenings for both its educational value and pure enjoyment of recorded events through time.

1782 saw the preliminary peace articles  ending the Revolutionary War between Britain and the United States.

1803 Spain concluded the ceding of the Louisiana Territory to France which  then was purchased by the United States.

1835 Samuel L. Clemens aka Mark Twain was born in Florida, Missouri.

1864 Confederate general John Hood’s ordered attack against Union forces at the Second Battle of Franklin in Tennessee suffered heavy losses and was thrown back by forces headed by Major General John Schofield.

1874 British statesman Sir Winston Churchill was born at Blenheim Palace.

1900  The Irish writer Oscar Wilde died in Paris, France at age 46.

1936  London’s famed Crystal Palace was destroyed by fire. It had been built for the 1851 World Exhibition in London, England. It was this exhibition that saw the first great chess tournament organized by Howard Staunton.  See my biographical sketch of this great chess player, writer and critic for the London Times.

1939  Soviet forces invaded Finland initiating the Winter War 1939-40 with a Russian victory concluding in March.

1954 One of the strangest events to happen to anyone occurred in Oak Grove, Alabama. Ann Elizabeth Hodges was napping on her couch when an 8.5 lb. chunk from a meteor crashed through her roof, damaged a radio cabinet and hit her. She recovered from injuries; but what a wake up call!

Noted Events on December 1st:

1860  Great Expectations (Charles Dickens’ novel) was first printed in serial form.

1862  President Abe Lincoln called for the abolition of slavery. History did not fail to record the following:  “Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history. We of this Congress and Administration will be remembered, in spite of ourselves.”

1921  The US Navy flew the first  C7dirigible making use of helium for the first time was flown from Hampton Roads, Va. to Washington, DC.

1934  Soviet  communist official Sergei Kirov, an associate of Stalin, was assassinated in Leningrad, resulting in a massive purge.

1941  Japan’s Emperor declared war on the USA, Britain and the Netherlands after his government rejected US demands contained in the Hull Note.

1942  Gasoline rationed.

1955  Rosa Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her bus seat.

1969  US government held its first draft lottery since WWII.

1973  David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first Prime Minister died in Tel Aviv at age 87.

1974  Tragedy struck two Boeing 727 planes. TWA flight 514 crash killed all 92 on board; NW Orient Airlines flight 6231 crashed near Stony Point, NY killing the 3 crew aboard. It was chartered to pick up the Baltimore Colts football team.

1989  Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev met with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican.


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